EP0310516A1 - Device for the manual distribution of playing cards using programmed data - Google Patents

Device for the manual distribution of playing cards using programmed data Download PDF

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EP0310516A1
EP0310516A1 EP88402469A EP88402469A EP0310516A1 EP 0310516 A1 EP0310516 A1 EP 0310516A1 EP 88402469 A EP88402469 A EP 88402469A EP 88402469 A EP88402469 A EP 88402469A EP 0310516 A1 EP0310516 A1 EP 0310516A1
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Gérard Normand
Michel Persuy
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
    • A63SPORTS; GAMES; AMUSEMENTS
    • A63FCARD, BOARD, OR ROULETTE GAMES; INDOOR GAMES USING SMALL MOVING PLAYING BODIES; VIDEO GAMES; GAMES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
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    • AHUMAN NECESSITIES
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L'appareil comprend un bac 2 de réception de l'empilage de cartes à distribuer, sur lequel vient appuyer un couvercle 3. Des rouleaux 16 commandés en rotation par un motoréducteur 29 assurent la sortie partielle, par une fente de l'appareil, de la carte inférieure de l'empilage alors que des moyens de lecture optique 32 lisent un code valeur porté par cette carte. Après rapprochement de la valeur de carte lue et d'informations contenues en mémoire et relatives à la donne en cours, un dispositif d'affichage visuel 4, 5 indique à quel joueur la carte dépilée et partiellement sortie doit être distribuée. L'appareil permet la distribution manuelle de donnes programmées.The device comprises a tray 2 for receiving the stack of cards to be dispensed, on which a cover 3 comes to bear. Rollers 16 controlled in rotation by a geared motor 29 ensure the partial exit, by a slot of the device, of the bottom card of the stack while optical reading means 32 read a value code carried by this card. After reconciling the value of the card read and information contained in memory and relating to the current deal, a visual display device 4, 5 indicates to which player the unstacked and partially drawn card is to be distributed. The device allows manual distribution of programmed data.

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  • L'invention concerne un appareil distributeur de cartes à jouer et, plus particulièrement, un tel appareil permettant de distribuer à des joueurs des donnes programmées sans que ceux-ci n'aient connaissance du contenu de la donne.The invention relates to an apparatus for distributing playing cards and, more particularly, such an apparatus for distributing programmed deals to players without their knowledge of the content of the deal.
  • On connaît, par le brevet français n° 86.03161 (publié sous le n° 2 595 259), des cartes encodées comportant à deux angles opposés une vignette de lecture qui comprend un codage sur quatre lignes et trois ou quatre colonnes, ainsi qu'un appareil de distribution automatique de telles cartes. Cet appareil de distribution permet, par déplacement d'un chariot, le remplissage d'étuis à partir de donnes programmées par l'appareil lui-même ou par un système quelconque tel que centre serveur, cartes codées ou micro-ordinateur.French patent No. 86.03161 (published under No. 2,595,259) discloses encoded cards comprising at two opposite angles a reading sticker which includes coding on four lines and three or four columns, as well as a automatic dispensing device for such cards. This dispensing device allows, by moving a cart, the filling of cases from data programmed by the device itself or by any system such as server center, coded cards or microcomputer.
  • Un tel appareil, qui est d'un fonctionnement très sûr, présente cependant l'inconvénient d'être d'un coût relativement élevé pour un utilisateur individuel souhaitant seulement organiser chez lui une ou quelques tables de jeux.Such a device, which is very safe to operate, however has the disadvantage of being relatively high cost for an individual user wishing only to organize at home one or a few game tables.
  • La présente invention a pour objet de remédier à cet inconvénient et elle propose à cet effet un distributeur de cartes manuel qui, tout en étant d'une fabrication simple et d'un prix de revient réduit, permet de distribuer des donnes programmées par un moyen quelconque.The object of the present invention is to remedy this drawback and to this end it proposes a manual card dispenser which, while being simple to manufacture and at a reduced cost price, makes it possible to distribute programmed data by a means any.
  • L'appareil distributeur selon l'invention comprend un boîtier, avec logement pour recevoir le paquet de cartes à distribuer, un dispositif de lecture du codage porté par chaque carte, une mémoire dans laquelle sont stockées les donnes à réaliser, un système d'affichage indiquant la position du joueur auquel la carte est destinée par rapprochement des informations lues sur ladite carte avec celles contenues dans la donne programmée, et des moyens d'entraînement de la carte assurant la sortie partielle de celle-ci hors de l'appareil pour qu'elle soit alors saisie par l'utilisateur et distribuée manuellement au joueur dont la position est affichée par l'appareil.The dispensing device according to the invention comprises a box, with housing for receiving the pack of cards to be dispensed, a device for reading the coding carried by each card, a memory in which the data to be produced is stored, a display system. indicating the position of the player for whom the card is intended by bringing together the information read on said card with that contained in the programmed deal, and means for driving the card ensuring the partial exit thereof from the device so that 'it is then entered by the user and distributed manually to the player whose position is displayed by the device.
  • L'appareil selon l'invention est particulièrement utilisable pour la distribution de cartes à jouer comportant à deux angle opposés un codage sur quatre lignes et trois ou quatres colonnes, comme proposé par le brevet français n° 86.03161 mentionné ci-dessus. Le dispositif de lecture optique des informations codées portées par les cartes à jouer peut avantageusement être aussi utilisé pour lire un ruban encodé à quatre pistes, dont une piste synchrone, qui permet de rentrer dans la mémoire de l'appareil des donnes simples ou des donnes commentées, et la circulation de ce ruban dans l'appareil est assurée par le dispositif d'entraînement des cartes.The apparatus according to the invention is particularly usable for the distribution of playing cards comprising at two opposite angles a coding on four lines and three or four columns, as proposed by the French patent n ° 86.03161 mentioned above. The device for optical reading of the coded information carried by the playing cards can advantageously also be used to read an encoded ribbon with four tracks, including a synchronous track, which makes it possible to enter the memory of the device for simple deals or deals commented, and the circulation of this ribbon in the device is ensured by the card drive device.
  • Le dispositif d'affichage porté par l'appareil peut être de tout type approprié, par cristaux liquides, par diode, par aiguilles ou par volets par exemple, et il permet d'indiquer un des quatre points cardinaux correspondants aux joueurs. Avantageusement, à cet affichage, sont associés deux digits numériques indiquant le numéro de la donne en cours. Une permutation du dispositif d'affichage permet de changer de donneur sans changement de l'orientation de la table telle qu'elle est définie au départ.The display device carried by the device can be of any suitable type, by liquid crystal, by diode, by needles or by flaps for example, and it makes it possible to indicate one of the four cardinal points corresponding to the players. Advantageously, this display is associated with two digital digits indicating the number of the current deal. A permutation of the display device makes it possible to change the donor without changing the orientation of the table as defined at the start.
  • Avantageusement, on peut associer à l'appareil distributeur selon l'invention un microprocesseur, équipé ou non d'une mémoire auxiliaire, qui assure la gestion de la distribution en permettant l'interfaçage, non seulement avec l'appareil distributeur, mais aussi avec une imprimante, un Minitel ou un micro-ordinateur. Un tel microprocesseur de gestion peut permettre d'alimenter en donnes plusieurs appareils distributeurs de cartes.Advantageously, it is possible to associate with the dispensing device according to the invention a microprocessor, equipped or not with an auxiliary memory, which ensures the management of the distribution by allowing interfacing, not only with the dispensing device, but also with a printer, a Minitel or a microcomputer. Such a management microprocessor can be used to supply data to several card dispensing devices.
  • Pour bien faire comprendre le dispositif selon la présente invention on en décrira ci-après, à titre d'exemple sans caractère limitatif, une forme d'exécution préférée en référence au dessin schématique annexé, dans lequel :
    • la figure 1 est une vue perspective de l'appareil distributeur de cartes à jouer selon l'invention ;
    • la figure 2 est une vue perspective éclatée, avec arrachements, de l'appareil de la figure 1 ;
    • la figure 3 est une vue perspective d'un microprocesseur de gestion pouvant être raccordé à l'appareil distributeur des figures 1 et 2 ;
    • la figure 4 est une vue en plan d'une carte à jouer à système de codage à lecture optique, utilisable avec le dispositif selon l'invention ;
    • la figure 5 est une vue en plan d'un ruban de programmation destiné à être introduit dans le dispositif distributeur ; et
    • la figure 6 est une vue en plan d'un ruban d'entrée de score précodé.
    To make the device according to the present invention clearly understood, a preferred embodiment of it will be described below, by way of non-limiting example, with reference to the appended schematic drawing, in which:
    • Figure 1 is a perspective view of the playing card dispenser apparatus according to the invention;
    • Figure 2 is an exploded perspective view, with parts broken away, of the apparatus of Figure 1;
    • Figure 3 is a perspective view of a management microprocessor which can be connected to the dispensing apparatus of Figures 1 and 2;
    • FIG. 4 is a plan view of a playing card with an optical reading coding system, usable with the device according to the invention;
    • FIG. 5 is a plan view of a programming tape intended to be introduced into the dispensing device; and
    • Figure 6 is a plan view of a precoded score entry ribbon.
  • En référence aux figures 1 et 2 on a représenté en 1 l'appareil distributeur se présentant sous la forme d'une boîte parallélépipèdique avec un logement 2 en forme de sabot, au gabarit d'un paquet de cartes à jouer et fermé par un couvercle pivotant 3. A côté du sabot 2 la boîte 1 comporte un afficheur 4 associant à chacun des quatre points cardinaux symbolisant les joueurs un voyant 5 constitué par une diode. En son centre l'afficheur 4 comporte un dispositif à cristaux liquides 6 affichant un numéro de donne.Referring to Figures 1 and 2 there is shown at 1 the dispensing device in the form of a rectangular box with a housing 2 in the form of a shoe, the size of a deck of playing cards and closed by a cover pivoting 3. Next to the shoe 2, the box 1 includes a display 4 associating with each of the four cardinal points symbolizing the players an indicator 5 constituted by a diode. In its center, the display 4 includes a liquid crystal device 6 displaying a given number.
  • Sur le côté, dans le prolongement du sabot 2, la boîte 1 présente une fente 7 pour la sortie successive des cartes à jouer 8. Près de l'afficheur 4 la boîte 1 comporte un clavier 9 qui permet, comme on l'expliquera plus loin, de commander certaines fonctions telles que : présentation de la première carte après introduction du paquet de cartes à distribuer dans le sabot, défilement en avant et en arrière des numéros de donnes, rappel d'affichage de la dernière carte retirée, etc ... De plus, un connecteur 10 permet de raccorder l'appareil distributeur à une source d'informations série ou parallèle, et éventuellement à une source de courant pour une alimentation directe ou pour le rechargement d'une batterie.On the side, in line with shoe 2, box 1 has a slot 7 for the successive output of playing cards 8. Close to display 4, box 1 comprises a keyboard 9 which makes it possible, as will be explained below, to control certain functions such as: presentation of the first card after introduction of the pack of cards to be distributed in the shoe, scrolling forwards and backwards of given numbers, display reminder of the last card removed, etc ... In addition, a connector 10 allows the dispensing device to be connected to a serial or parallel information source, and possibly to a current source for direct supply or for recharging a battery.
  • En référence plus particulièrment à la figure 2, le boîtier 1 du dispositif est constitué d'une coque 11 fermée par une façade 12, laquelle comprend le sabot 2. Sur le bord arrière de la façade 12 est monté le couvercle 3 pour pivoter autour de l'axe 13. Sur la face interne du couvercle 12 est monté pivotant un abattant 14 sur lequel est monté un palonnier 15 destiné, en position fermée du couvercle 3, à venir en appui sur le paquet de cartes disposé dans le sabot 2, au droit de rouleaux d'entraînement en caoutchouc 16 qui coopèrent avec la carte inférieure du paquet à travers des fenêtres 17 de la façade 12. Un ressort 18, disposé entre l'abattant 14 et le couvercle 3 transmet, lorsque ce couvercle est fermé, sa force aux cartes du paquet par l'intermédiaire du palonnier 15. Un autre ressort 19, solidaire d'un même axe 20 que le ressort 18, est disposé ente le couvercle 3 et la façade 12 pour permettre l'ouverture du couvercle.Referring more particularly to FIG. 2, the housing 1 of the device consists of a shell 11 closed by a facade 12, which includes the shoe 2. On the rear edge of the facade 12 is mounted the cover 3 to pivot around the axis 13. On the inner face of the cover 12 is pivotally mounted a flap 14 on which is mounted a spreader 15 intended, in the closed position of the cover 3, to come to bear on the deck of cards disposed in the shoe 2, at right of rubber drive rollers 16 which cooperate with the lower card of the package through windows 17 of the facade 12. A spring 18, disposed between the flap 14 and the cover 3 transmits, when this cover is closed, its force cards to the package through the spreader 15. Another spring 19, integral with the same axis 20 as the spring 18, is disposed between the cover 3 and the front 12 to allow the opening of the cover.
  • Sur le côté de la façade 12 est disposé un bouton flexible 21, solidaire d'un crochet 22 destiné au repos à engager une encoche (non représentée au dessin) portée intérieurement par le couvercle 3. On comprend que, le couvercle 3 étant dans sa position fermée de la figure 1, une action sur le bouton 21 dégage le crochet 22 de l'encoche correspondante en libérant le couvercle 3. Les deux ressorts 18, 19 soulèvent conjointement le couvercle 3 jusqu'à ce que des ergots 23 de l'abattant 14, se déplaçant dans des lumières latérales 24 du couvercle 3, viennent en butée à l'extrémité de ces lumières. Ensuite seul le ressort 19 assure le relevage du couvercle 3 jusqu'à une position permettant l'introduction d'un jeu de cartes dans le sabot 2.On the side of the facade 12 is arranged a flexible button 21, integral with a hook 22 intended at rest to engage a notch (not shown in the drawing) carried internally by the cover 3. It is understood that, the cover 3 being in its closed position of Figure 1, an action on the button 21 releases the hook 22 from the corresponding notch by releasing the cover 3. The two springs 18, 19 jointly lift the cover 3 until lugs 23 of the flap 14, moving in lateral openings 24 of the cover 3, come into abutment at the end of these openings. Then only the spring 19 ensures the raising of the cover 3 to a position allowing the introduction of a deck of cards into the shoe 2.
  • Pour réaliser la fente 7 visible à la figure 1, permettant la sortie une à une des cartes, un jeu est ménagé entre la lèvre avant 25 de la façade 12 et le bord inférieur 26 du couvercle 3.To make the slot 7 visible in FIG. 1, allowing the cards to be output one by one, a clearance is provided between the front lip 25 of the front panel 12 and the lower edge 26 of the cover 3.
  • Les rouleaux d'entraînement 16 mentionnés plus haut sont montés sur un arbre 27 et reçoivent leur mouvement , par l'intermédiaire d'une roue libre 28, d'un moto-réducteur 29 à courant continu qui est logé dans la coque 11. La roue libre 28 est motrice lorsque le moteur 29 fait avancer la carte 8 à travers la fente 7 et elle est libre lorsque l'opérateur retire manuellement la carte, ce qui évite ainsi d'entraîner le réducteur 29 qui peut être irréversible.The drive rollers 16 mentioned above are mounted on a shaft 27 and receive their movement, by means of a freewheel 28, of a DC gear motor 29 which is housed in the shell 11. The freewheel 28 is driving when the motor 29 advances the card 8 through the slot 7 and it is free when the operator manually removes the card, which thus avoids driving the reducer 29 which can be irreversible.
  • Un codeur optique (non représenté au dessin) permet de commander le moteur 29 de façon à obtenir une rotation de l'arbre 27 qui corresponde à une sortie de la carte 8 d'un tiers à la moitié de sa largeur.An optical encoder (not shown in the drawing) makes it possible to control the motor 29 so as to obtain a rotation of the shaft 27 which corresponds to an output of the card 8 from one third to half its width.
  • Les cartes à jouer utilisées avec l'appareil de distribution selon l'invention sont du type décrit dans la demande de brevet français n° 86.03161 c'est-à-dire (voir figure 4) qu'elles comprennent chacune en haut et à droite ainsi qu'en bas et à gauche une vignette de lecture 30 comprenant un codage sur quatre lignes et sur trois colonnes. Une carte électronique 31, posée sur le fond de la coque 11, porte à l'un de ses angles correspondant à un angle de carte à jouer présentant la vignette de lecture 30, quatre détecteurs 32 qui, à travers de fenêtres 33 du fond du sabot 2, permettent de lire le code de la carte inférieure du paquet. Ces détecteurs 32 peuvent être constitués par des couples photoémetteurs récepteurs, travaillant par réflexion, et les fenêtres 33 peuvent comporter les diaphragmes et collimateurs de l'optique de lecture.The playing cards used with the dispensing device according to the invention are of the type described in French patent application No. 86.03161, that is to say (see FIG. 4) which they each include at the top and on the right. as well as at the bottom left of a reading label 30 comprising coding on four lines and on three columns. An electronic card 31, placed on the bottom of the shell 11, carries at one of its angles corresponding to a playing card angle presenting the reading sticker 30, four detectors 32 which, through windows 33 at the bottom of the shoe 2, read the code from the bottom card of the package. These detectors 32 can be constituted by pairs of photoemitting receivers, working by reflection, and the windows 33 can comprise the diaphragms and collimators of the reading optics.
  • Un autre photorécepteur 34, disposé en regard d'une fenêtre 35 proche du bord avant 25 de la façade 12, permet de détecter la sortie complète de la carte 8 pour commander automatiquement l'éjection partielle de la carte suivante.Another photoreceptor 34, placed opposite a window 35 close to the front edge 25 of the facade 12, detects the complete output of the card 8 to automatically control the partial ejection of the next card.
  • Le dispositif d'affichage 4, monté sur un circuit imprimé indépendant relié à la carte électronique principale 31 par des moyens non représentés, permet à travers la fenêtre 36 de la façade 12 l'affichage des instructions de donne. Des digits alphanumériques peuvent être prévus sur les quatre points cardinaux pour faire tourner ceux-ci en fonction des donneurs.The display device 4, mounted on an independent printed circuit connected to the main electronic card 31 by means not shown, allows through the window 36 of the front panel 12 the display of the give instructions. Alphanumeric digits can be provided on the four cardinal points to rotate them according to the donors.
  • Le clavier 9, porté par la coque 11, permet comme on l'a indiqué plus haut de commander les fonctions du distributeur. Ce clavier est raccordé à la carte électronique principale 31 qui comprend une mémoire.The keyboard 9, carried by the shell 11, allows, as indicated above, to control the functions of the dispenser. This keyboard is connected to the main electronic card 31 which includes a memory.
  • Vers l'arrière la coque 11 présente un décrochement 37 servant de logement pour des piles électriques ou batteries rechargeables 38 alimentant les différentes fonctions du distributeur. Un couvercle (non représenté) verrouille les piles à l'intérieur de ce décrochement, lequel constitue de façon commode une poignée permettant une tenue ergonomique du boîtier, le pouce venant commander les touches du clavier 9.Towards the rear, the shell 11 has a recess 37 serving as a housing for electric cells or rechargeable batteries 38 supplying the various functions of the dispenser. A cover (not shown) locks the batteries inside this recess, which conveniently constitutes a handle allowing an ergonomic holding of the case, the thumb coming to control the keys of the keyboard 9.
  • Dans le prolongement des fenêtres 33, la façade 12 présente vers l'arrière une fente 39 par laquelle peut être introduit un ruban de codage, représenté en 40 à la figure 1. Le ruban 40 est entraîné par un rouleau 16, grâce à la mise en rotation continue du moteur 29 par enfoncement d'une touche spéciale du clavier 9, passe devant les lecteurs 32, et sort par la fente 7 en étant correctement appuyé sur le rouleau 16 par une partie du palonnier 15. Le ruban de codage 40 peut porter des donnes, des donnes corrigées ou des résultats de partie qui peuvent ainsi être entrés directement dans la mémoire du distributeur.In the extension of the windows 33, the front 12 has a slot 39 towards the rear through which a coding ribbon can be introduced, represented at 40 in FIG. 1. The ribbon 40 is driven by a roller 16, thanks to the setting in continuous rotation of the motor 29 by pressing a special key on the keyboard 9, passes in front of the readers 32, and exits through the slot 7 while being correctly pressed on the roller 16 by a part of the lifting beam 15. The coding tape 40 can carry data, corrected data or game results which can thus be entered directly in the distributor's memory.
  • Le mode d'utilisation de l'appareil distributeur est alors le suivant. L'utilisateur introduit un ruban programme 40 dans son appareil et charge en mémoire par exemple 16, 32 voir 48 donnes. Il transporte ensuite l'appareil à la table de jeux, ouvre le sabot 2, y introduit un jeu de cartes et referme le sabot par verrouillage du couvercle 3 au moyen du crochet 22. L'utilisateur commande alors la sortie partielle de la première carte 8 à travers la fente 7 par actionnement de la touche appropriée du clavier 9, puis de sa main libre il saisit la carte ainsi présentée pour la distribuer au joueur dont la place correspond au point cardinal affiché par le voyant 5. Comme on l'a vu, la sortie de la carte 8 distribuée commande automatiquement, par le photorécepteur 34, la présentation de la carte suivante du paquet.The mode of use of the dispensing device is then as follows. The user introduces a program ribbon 40 into his device and loads into memory, for example 16, 32 or 48 data. He then carries the device at the games table, opens the shoe 2, introduces a deck of cards there and closes the shoe by locking the cover 3 by means of the hook 22. The user then controls the partial exit of the first card 8 through the slot 7 by actuation of the appropriate key on the keyboard 9, then with his free hand he grasps the card thus presented to distribute it to the player whose place corresponds to the cardinal point displayed by the indicator 5. As we have seen, the output of the card 8 distributed automatically controls, by the photoreceptor 34, the presentation of the next card in the pack.
  • Une fois la partie jouée l'utilisateur peut indiquer sur un ruban pré-codé, par un simple encodage au trait, le résultat de la partie en regard du numéro de la donne. Puis il peut réintroduire le jeu de cartes dans l'appareil et passer à la distribution de la donne suivante, ou passer l'appareil distributeur au donneur suivant.Once the game has been played, the user can indicate on a pre-coded ribbon, by simple line encoding, the result of the game opposite the deal number. Then he can reinsert the deck of cards into the machine and proceed to the distribution of the next deal, or pass the machine to the next dealer.
  • Avantageusement, mais pas obligatoirement, l'appareil distributeur selon l'invention peut être associé à un microprocesseur de gestion de la distribution. Un tel microprocesseur de gestion, connu en soi, est représenté à la figure 3 et se présente sous la forme d'une boîte parallélépipèdique 41 et comporte :
    - une prise de raccordement au secteur 42, avec interrupteur 43 et fusible 44,
    - des prises 45 de raccordement à divers terminaux (tels que Minitel, distributeur de cartes, imprimante, micro-ordinateur, lecteur de disque, mémoire auxiliaire),
    - un clavier 46 commandant l'affichage d'opérations diverses telles qu'initialisation, arrêt sur fonction, rechargement de batteries, etc ...,
    - des diodes 47 signalant qu'une fonction est émulée.
    Advantageously, but not necessarily, the dispensing device according to the invention can be associated with a distribution management microprocessor. Such a management microprocessor, known per se, is shown in FIG. 3 and is in the form of a parallelepiped box 41 and comprises:
    - a mains connection socket 42, with switch 43 and fuse 44,
    - sockets 45 for connection to various terminals (such as Minitel, card distributor, printer, microcomputer, disc player, auxiliary memory),
    a keyboard 46 controlling the display of various operations such as initialization, stop on function, recharging of batteries, etc.,
    - diodes 47 signaling that a function is emulated.
  • Ce microprocesseur gère les fonctions du jeu et est capable de créer des donnes et de les charger dans des appareils distributeurs de cartes. Un connecteur 48 permet d'ajouter une mémoire auxiliaire (non représentée) pour emmagasiner des corrections de donnes et permettre leur affichage sur un moniteur à même de communiquer avec le microprocesseur, par exemple un Minitel dont le clavier permet un accès interactif au microprocesseur de gestion.This microprocessor manages the functions of the game and is capable of creating data and loading them into card dispensing devices. A connector 48 allows add an auxiliary memory (not shown) to store data corrections and allow their display on a monitor capable of communicating with the microprocessor, for example a Minitel whose keyboard allows interactive access to the management microprocessor.
  • Selon une variante (non représentée) de l'appareil distributeur de l'invention, le motoréducteur 29 à courant continu est remplacé par un réducteur à inertie (comportant un réducteur et un volant d'inertie) accouplé directement à l'arbre 27, ce dernier étant alors équipé d'une roue codeuse et d'un ressort. Les rouleaux 16 sont prévus plus grands et sont encochés, de façon que les cartes n'entraînent le réducteur à inertie que sur une partie de leur périphérie. Avec ce dispositif, la roue codeuse permet alors de synchroniser la vitesse de lecture quelle que soit la vitesse de la carte, l'inertie du volant permet la présentation de la carte suivante à travers la fente 7 grâce à l'énergie accumulée lors de la sortie de la carte précédente, et le ressort assure la limitation de l'excédent d'énergie. Un tel système, bien que plus délicat, permet l'économie du moteur et de sa consommation.According to a variant (not shown) of the dispensing device of the invention, the direct current geared motor 29 is replaced by an inertia reducer (comprising a reducer and a flywheel) coupled directly to the shaft 27, this the latter then being equipped with a coding wheel and a spring. The rollers 16 are provided larger and are notched, so that the cards drive the inertia reducer only over part of their periphery. With this device, the encoder wheel then makes it possible to synchronize the reading speed whatever the speed of the card, the inertia of the steering wheel allows the presentation of the next card through the slot 7 thanks to the energy accumulated during the exit from the previous card, and the spring limits excess energy. Such a system, although more delicate, saves the engine and its consumption.
  • Comme on l'a représenté à la figure 5, le ruban d'encodage 40 peut être équipé de trous d'entraînement et reproduire le code 50 de chaque carte. Cependant, du fait de l'avance continue et de la spécialisation, les codes peuvent être plus étroits, comme représenté en 51 à la figure 6, et entraînés par friction. Cette étroitesse de la bande permet alors de lire un encodage 52 réalisé par les opérateurs dans des cases 53 pré-imprimées , par exemple en une encre orange qui ne serait pas détectée par les cellules optiques.As shown in FIG. 5, the encoding tape 40 can be fitted with drive holes and reproduce the code 50 of each card. However, due to continuous advance and specialization, the codes may be narrower, as shown at 51 in Figure 6, and driven by friction. This narrowness of the strip then makes it possible to read an encoding 52 produced by the operators in pre-printed boxes 53, for example in an orange ink which would not be detected by the optical cells.
  • On comprendra que la description ci-dessus a été donnée à simple titre d'exemple, sans caractère limitatif, et que des adjonctions ou des modifications constructives pourraient y être apportées sans sortir du cadre de l'invention définie par les revendications qui suivent.It will be understood that the above description has been given by way of example, without limitation, and that additions or constructive modifications could be made without departing from the scope of the invention defined by the claims which follow.

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1. Appareil distributeur de cartes à jouer comprenant un bac de réception (2) des cartes empilées à distribuer, un moyen de dépilage des cartes (16), des moyens de lecture (32) d'informations portées par la carte dépilée (8) et une mémoire recevant des donnes programmées, caractérisé en ce que l'appareil comprend un dispositif d'affichage visuel (4, 5) indiquant, par rapprochement des informations portées par la carte dépilée (8) et de celles contenues dans la mémoire et concernant la donne en cours, à quel joueur la dite carte dépilée (8) doit être distribuée.1. Playing card dispensing apparatus comprising a receiving tray (2) of stacked cards to be dispensed, a means for unstacking cards (16), means for reading (32) information carried by the unstacked card (8) and a memory receiving programmed data, characterized in that the apparatus comprises a visual display device (4, 5) indicating, by comparison of the information carried by the unstacked card (8) and that contained in the memory and concerning the current deal, to which player the said stacked card (8) is to be dealt.
2. Appareil distributeur selon la revendiction 1, caractérisé en ce que le dépilage des cartes est assuré par au moins un rouleau (16) faisant saillie dans le fond du bac (2) et sur lequel s'appuie la carte inférieure (8) de la pile de cartes, ledit rouleau (16) étant entraîné en rotation durant un temps limité pour déplacer ladite carte (8) et assurer sa sortie partielle à travers une fente (7) de l'appareil, l'utilisateur la saisissant alors manuellement.2. Dispensing device according to claim 1, characterized in that the unstacking of the cards is ensured by at least one roller (16) projecting into the bottom of the tank (2) and on which the lower card (8) of the card stack, said roller (16) being rotated for a limited time to move said card (8) and ensure its partial exit through a slot (7) of the device, the user then gripping it manually.
3. Appareil distributeur selon la revendication 2, caractérisé en ce que le rouleau (16) est entraîné en rotation, à travers une roue libre (28), au moyen d'un motoréducteur (29) à courant continu.3. Dispensing device according to claim 2, characterized in that the roller (16) is rotated, through a free wheel (28), by means of a DC gear motor (29).
4. Appareil distributeur selon la revendication 2, caractérisé en ce que le rouleau (16) est entraîné en rotation au moyen d'un réducteur à inertie.4. Dispensing device according to claim 2, characterized in that the roller (16) is rotated by means of an inertia reducer.
5. Appareil distributeur selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, caractérisé en ce que le dispositif d'affichage visuel comprend des voyants (5) associés à une représentation des quatre points cardinaux symbolisant les joueurs auxquels les cartes doivent être distribuées.5. Dispensing apparatus according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the visual display device comprises indicators (5) associated with a representation of the four cardinal points symbolizing the players to whom the cards are to be dealt.
6. Appareil distributeur selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, caractérisé en ce que le dispositif de lecture des informations codées portées par les cartes à dépiler comprend au moins un détecteur optique (32) placé dans le fond du bac (2), dans un emplacement correspondant à l'indication codée portée par la carte.6. Dispensing apparatus according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the device for reading the coded information carried by the cards to be unstacked comprises at least one detector optic (32) placed in the bottom of the container (2), in a location corresponding to the coded indication carried by the card.
7. Appareil selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, caractérisé en ce qu'il comprend, au voisinage de la fente (7) de sortie de la carte dépilée (8), un capteur (34) tel qu'un photorécepteur commandant automatiquement, dès la sortie complète d'une carte, le dépilage de la carte suivante.7. Apparatus according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that it comprises, in the vicinity of the slot (7) for outputting the unstacked card (8), a sensor (34) such as a photoreceptor automatically controlling , as soon as a card is completely removed, unstacking the next card
8. Appareil selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, caractérisé en ce que le bac (2) comporte un couvercle pivotant (3) sur lequel est articulé intérieurement un abattant (14) contraint par un ressort (24) et adapté, en position fermée du couvercle (3), pour appliquer une pression sur la pile de cartes contenues dans le bac( 2).8. Apparatus according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the tank (2) comprises a pivoting cover (3) on which is hinged internally a flap (14) constrained by a spring (24) and adapted, in position closed of the cover (3), to apply pressure on the stack of cards contained in the tray (2).
9. Appareil selon l'une quelconque des revendications précédentes, caractérisé en ce que le bac (2) présente un orifice (39) pour l'entrée d'une bande de codage (40) portant les donnes programmées, ledit orifice (39) étant disposé de façon que la bande (40) passe en regard dudit détecteur optique (32), pour mise en mémoire des informations codées qu'elle porte, sur ledit rouleau (16) pour assurer son déplacement à l'intérieur de l'appareil, et sorte de l'appareil par ladite fente (7) de sortie des cartes dépilées.9. Apparatus according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that the tank (2) has an orifice (39) for the entry of a coding strip (40) carrying the programmed data, said orifice (39) being arranged so that the strip (40) passes opposite said optical detector (32), for storing the coded information which it carries, on said roller (16) to ensure its movement inside the apparatus , and leaves the device through said slot (7) for removing the unstacked cards.
10. Ensemble de distribution de cartes à jouer comprenant un appareil distributeur selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 9, caractérisé par un microprocesseur de gestion de la distribution des cartes (41) destiné à être relié à l'appareil distributeur pour alimenter celui-ci en donnes, ledit microprocesseur de distribution permettant l'interfaçage avec, outre l'appareil distributeur, des dispositifs tels qu'une imprimante, un Minitel, un micro-ordinateur ou une mémoire annexe.10. A playing card dispensing assembly comprising a dispensing device according to any one of claims 1 to 9, characterized by a microprocessor for managing the dispensing of cards (41) intended to be connected to the dispensing device for supplying that here, said distribution microprocessor allowing interfacing with, in addition to the dispensing apparatus, devices such as a printer, a Minitel, a microcomputer or an additional memory.
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